School Choice: Elementary, Middle & Progressive



2021 Application Process Closed

The School Choice and Transfer process is closed.  We will notify each family of their approval or acceptance status by mail on or before June 11, 2021.


School

 

Age/ Grade Availability

Timeline

Montessori at LeMoyne

Pre-K (Age 3)

TBA


Syracuse Latin

Grades K-8

TBA


Dual Language Schools

Pre-K (Age 4) - Grade 5

TBA


ELMS

Grade 6

TBA


Oasis Academy

Grades 1-8

TBA


Promising Futures Leadership Academy (PFLA)

Grades 9-12

TBA


 

Virtual Information Sessions

Click here for our Virtual Information Sessions. Attend scheduled Zoom meetings to learn about School Choice options.

Application and Acceptance Process

Parents/guardians who complete and submit an application, along with all required documentation, by March 31 are eligible to have their child considered for enrollment. Some schools may require referral, assessment, or interviews as part of the application process. See school descriptions for details. 

New Students or Returning to SCSD

If your child is new to the District or returning, you MUST also submit an online registration for the 2021-22 school year. This is in addition to your Montessori, Dual Language Program, ELMS, Oasis Academy or Syracuse Latin application.

Lottery Process

If there are more students deemed eligible to enroll in the program than there are seats available, the District will conduct a lottery using the Smartchoice Online Lottery System. This helps to ensure a fair and equitable placement process. Priority is given to students who have siblings currently enrolled in the Program.  If a student is entered into the lottery, but not selected, they will be automatically assigned a waitlist number through the Smartchoice Online Lottery system.  Students are eligible to remain on the waitlist for up to two years. This will allow them to enter the Program as a kindergartener, should a seat become available.

Notification Process

Parents/guardians will receive a letter confirming their child’s acceptance status.

Additional Information

Submission of an application does not guarantee enrollment.

  

 

Montessori at LeMoyne (Pre-K)

1528 LeMoyne Ave.   |   (315) 435-4590   |   Web   |   Info Sessions

According to the American Montessori Society, “Montessori is a unique educational approach that nurtures a child’s intrinsic desire to learn. Montessori focuses on the whole child—[their] cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development.”

Required:

  • Students must be age 3 by 12/1/21 (born between 12/2/17 and 12/1/18)
  • Parents/guardians must be residents of the City of Syracuse


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Syracuse Latin (Grades K-8)

345 Jamesville Ave.  |  (315) 435-4606   |   Web   |   Info Sessions

The vision of the Syracuse Latin School is to celebrate learning by providing an academically rigorous curriculum with a focus on leadership, citizenship and intellectual growth.Students in grades 6-8 have an opportunity to engage in accelerated coursework that will lead to earning multiple high school credits prior to transitioning out of 8th grade. 

Limited Seating:
Limited seat availability for grades 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8.

Assessment Required For:

  • Pre-K students with no appropriate assessment data on file (SCSD or Universal Pre-K)
  • All new or returning students entering grades K – 5

The Testing Department will contact your family directly to schedule an appointment.  Families should call (315) 435-4304 should they have questions regarding the call or message they receive or need to reschedule an appointment.
 
Assessment NOT Required For:

  • Pre-K students with appropriate assessment data on file
  • Students entering grades 1 – 5 who are actively enrolled in the District
  • Students entering grades 6 – 8 who are actively enrolled in the District or are new or returning (existing assessment data used)


Interview, Selection & Notification for Grades 6-8 Only:
Students interested in Syracuse Latin must participate in the interview process as part of their application. 

Students who are recommended by the school’s Interview/Selection Committee will be included in the Smartchoice Online Lottery process for their program of interest. Students who are not recommended by the Interview/Selection Committee or are waitlisted via the lottery selection process, will be required to attend his/her feeder middle school (current SCSD student) or home school (new or returning students) in September.


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Dual Language Schools (Grades PK-5)

Together, all children in the class receive 50% of their instruction in Spanish and 50% in English. The program is specifically structured to develop children’s oral language, reading, writing and selfawareness of language in both English and Spanish throughout the elementary grades. 

En total, todos los niños de la clase reciben 50% de su instrucción en español y 50% en inglés. El programa está estructurado específicamente para desarrollar el lenguaje oral, la lectura, la escritura y conciencia lingüística de los niños, tanto en inglés como en español, durante su enseñanza primaria. 

Delaware Primary
900 S. Geddes Street  |  (315) 435-4540   |   Web   |   Info Sessions/ Secciones con Información 

Seymour Dual Language Academy
108 Shonnard Street  |  (315) 435-4645   |   Web   |   Info Sessions/ Secciones con Información

Requirements:
  • Spanish speaking English Language Learners (ELLs) can apply for grades K-5.
  • English speaking students can apply for Pre-K (age 4 on or before 12/1/21), K and grade 1 only.


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ELMS (Grade 6)

4942 S. Salina St.  |  (315) 435-6416   |   Web   |   Info Sessions

At the Expeditionary Learning Middle School (ELMS), students benefit from a personalized, yet academically rigorous atmosphere.  The curriculum and standards are taught through engaging interdisciplinary “Expeditions”, as teachers often use the greater Syracuse community as their classroom. ELMS teachers work daily with small groups of students (CREWs) to help students develop strong relationships with each other, to connect with the school experience and to support students socially, emotionally and academically.

A student who is an ideal candidate may:

  • be at risk for low academic performance due to a history of being bullied, absenteeism, anxiety, gender identification, etc.
  • be at risk for social isolation
  • demonstrate an interest in hands on, project based learning and working in small groups with peers
  • exhibit strong interpersonal or leadership skills be disengaged from their peers and school


Referral Required:
Students interested in ELMS must be referred by the School Intervention Team (SIT) to participate in the interview process. The last step in the process is to complete an online application.

Selection & Notification:
Students who are referred, when applicable, and recommended by the school’s Interview/Selection Committee will be included in the Smartchoice Online Lottery process for their program of interest. Students who are not recommended by the Interview/Selection Committee or are waitlisted via the lottery selection process, will be required to attend his/her feeder middle school (current SCSD students) or home school (new or returning students) in September.


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Oasis Academy (Grades 1-8)

1728 South Ave.  |  (315) 435-6226   |   Web   |   Info Sessions

Oasis Academy is a progressive learning environment opportunity available to students who may be having difficulty academically or socially in their current school. Class sizes are small— up to 10 students with each teacher. Students can expect to engage in hands on learning and will have an individual learning plan to ensure they are successful academically and socially.

Oasis provides a therapeutic environment with mental health services and supports to wrap around students and their families. Making sure that families receive the support they need is a critical component at Oasis. Supporting our families with intention will support our students.

A student who may be a good candidate may:

  • be at risk for low academic performance
  • be at risk for social isolation 
  • prefer or learn best from hands on, project based learning
  • exhibit strong interpersonal or leadership skills 
  • be disengaged from their peers and school


Referral Required:
Students interested in Oasis must be referred by the School Intervention Team (SIT). 

Selection & Notification for Grades 6-8 Only:
Students who are referred, when applicable, and recommended by the school’s Interview/Selection Committee will be included in the Smartchoice Online Lottery process for their program of interest. Students who are not recommended by the Interview/Selection Committee or are waitlisted via the lottery selection process, will be required to attend his/her feeder middle school (current SCSD students) or home school (new or returning students) in September.

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Promising Futures Leadership Academy (Grades 9-12)

573 E. Genesee St.  |  (315) 435-4135   |   Web   |   Info Sessions

PFLA is a progressive learning environment opportunity available to students who may be having difficulty academically or socially in their current school. Class sizes are small— up to 15 students with each teacher. Students can expect to engage in hands on learning and will have an individual learning plan to ensure they are successful academically and socially. PFLA also offers leadership training and internship opportunities at local businesses or institutions.

PFLA provides a therapeutic environment with staff onsite to support mental health and proactive supports and responses as needed.

A student who may be a good candidate may:

  • be at risk for low academic performance 
  • be at risk for social isolation
  • prefer or learn best from hands on, project-based learning
  • exhibit a strong, influential personality e
  • need supports/ flexibility that a traditional school can’t provide


Required:
Your child’s current school must submit a referral.

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